Representation In William Blake's Poems From Songs Of Innocence And Experience

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How and why is a social group represented in a particular way? The study and analysis of how authoritative figures are represented in William Blake’s poems from Songs of Innocence and Experience Emily Macnamara 000678 -0017 Written Assignment English Literature HL Tampereen lyseon lukio May 2015 Word count: 999 The study and analysis of how authoritative figures are represented in William Blake’s poems from Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience was published when Great Britain’s society was ruled by the monarch as well as the Christian Church. In his poetry Blake presents numerous social issues and injustice, caused by these repressive religious and political authoritative figures. Blake presents the authoritative figures in a negative and critical way in order to illustrate how they are responsible for the society’s misery and suffering. In the poem The Garden of Love the speaker describes how he went to the garden of love and instead of finding “the green”, he discovers “A chapel” with the words “Thou shalt not” written over it. As he turns to the garden itself, he saw “tomb-stones where flowers should be” and “Priests in black gowns were walking the rounds/And binding with briars [his] joys and desires.” The poem implicates how organized religion, the Christian Church represented by the “chapel” and “priests”, has become a restrictive institution that forbids people from enjoying their natural and
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